Dale on co-benefits of climate change action

School of Environment and Sustainability Director Ann Dale was interviewed by CBC about the positive side effects or "co-benefits” of fighting climate change.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

In collaboration with the B.C. government's Climate Action Secretariat, Ann Dale, a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, has mapped some of the co-benefits of climate change action.

That way, policy makers will know how to look for and track them — the map shows, for example, that greener buildings lead to higher energy efficiency, better water quality, and new job opportunities: ‘So that you can show to political decision makers it's not jobs versus on the environment — there's money to be saved by doing the right thing, and there's benefits to be achieved.’

That said, there can also be tradeoffs between reducing emissions and other environmental goals. For example, the UN report notes that inappropriate use of biofuels or diesel can lead to increased air pollution.

Dale said it all points to the importance of more integrated planning by governments. ‘What we need them to do is track the costs and benefits when they implement a climate action.’

The story appeared on cbc.ca.